3Teeth (stylized as 3TƎETH) is an American Industrial band from Los Angeles, California. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2014. They are known for their heavy chugging riffs, scathingly catchy vocals, lockstep grooves, ominous atmosphere and intense visual presentation. Their live show has been compared to a sonic and visual attack on their audience’s 3rd eye, in what they call a sort of aggressive ontological one night stand.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you located now?
I was home birthed back in Boston into a little inflatable raft and took a fairly circuitous route through Rome, Miami, and New York to finally end up here in Los Angeles.
Tell us the story on the formation of the band:
The band’s genesis was a bit of a rolling start, it really started when Xavier Swafford and myself had met when I was throwing an event in downtown called LIL DEATH. We really had zero expectations of the project at the time and seeing that he lived down the street from me, it was just really convenient for a collaboration. After we started writing Pearls 2 Swine and Master of Decay, we ended up meeting Andrew at another LIL DEATH event, it was an easy choice to bring him on board as he was a multi talented musician, producer and evil scientist. From there, Andrew knew of a guitarist named Chase Brawner who he grown up with and then the rest of was history. 3TEETH was formed…
You are an all inclusive self produced group creating your own tongue-in-cheek propaganda visuals for the live show. Tell us more about the process in the production of your unique visuals:
When i was growing up, I was always drawn to bands like TOOL that created a complete and total sensorial experience. Everything they did seemed to be connected in a sort of synesthetic experience that allowed the viewer to fully engulf themselves in the experience. So having spent the past 10 years of my life as an art director, I knew that I wanted 3TEETH to carry a similar sensorial DNA. As far as our process for creating the live visuals, it starts usually with myself sourcing or creating footage that holds the narrative of the song. Then I get the files over to Andrew for him to process it through a program called VDMX where we’ll add all sorts of aesthetic nuances. For example we often like to process our glitch work through audio analysis which means we’ll set the parameters of VDMX so the impacts in the audio will trigger the glitches themselves. Hopefully that makes sense.
It seems fate brought you together with Adam Jones (Tool) at a wedding and you were invited to open Tool’s 2016 tour with Primus. Please tell our readers about that experience and your feeling about the tour:
Yeah I feel extremely fortunate to have Adam as a friend and mentor in my life. He’s an absolutely brilliant artist who never once sacrificed authenticity for approval in his amazing career. He’s really the true definition of a perfectionist and I can honestly say there will never be another band like TOOL. Those guys are just on a completely different level than everyone else and to go out on tour with them has been the most eye opening experience in my life. Each member of that band is like their own planet, each one with its completely unique gravity and atmospheric composition and when they get on stage its like perfect symphony of the cosmos.
Did you find it difficult to adjust to a larger stage or was it a natural adjustment?
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous to get up and perform in front of a sold out 20,000 person arena, but all it took was the first crowd applause for me to feel like I was right at home up there. Sometimes I feel like huge arenas are even easier because they’re very impersonal compared to the small clubs. I was talking to Danny Carrey about this on tour and to put it in his words he told me, “Yeah the clubs can be way more intense at times, it’s like you can look out there and see everyone’s eyes and you feel like like you have to kill every motherfucker in the room.”
The doors have swung open wide and the band is in route to great things. What have you learned as artists since day one of your birth into the music industry?
Oh I’ve learned so much, so fast that its probably hard to sum it all up. If I think I was to throw out some key points I’d have to say, be god on stage, but be a humble yet gracious human off stage. You are nothing without your fans and you win fans one by one with authentic and genuine experiences. There are no guarantees in this business which means you have to be willing to work harder then everyone else and there’s no point of complaining when you’re exhausted. This is a lifestyle career which means you’re working 24/7.
The track “DEGRADE” is a delicious pounder indeed, what is the message in that song?
Degrade is about power dynamics and mankind’s seemingly infinite capacity to degrade each other. There are an infinite amount of socially constructed dogmas that people latch on to out of fear, that in turn create an infinite amount of divides between mankind. Now mix that up with a world of depleting resources and you get what’s called a tragedy of the commons, and self-interest reigns supreme. Greed, degradation and bottom-line thinking become not only acceptable, but in some places encouraged.
3TEETH is heading out on tour, you have three shows in the United Kingdom lined up. Does the UK have special meaning to you and why?
The UK is special for us because we seem to do really well out there. I’ll never forgot the first show we played over there as I remember feeling holy shit, I’m in a completely different country and the crowd is chanting our lyrics with me. That’s probably one of the best feelings you can have as a lyricist.
All black everything is the color of your uniforms, do you work with any particular designers?
Oh yes absolutely, Majesty Black, House of Halcyon, Long Clothing, and SKINGRAFT.
I see your making an appearance on Adult Swim, how did that come about and what can we expect to see?
We’ve got a little spot on a new show called ‘World Peace’ that airs every Friday at midnight. The show is a 15 minute live action sketch comedy set in a not so distant post-apocalyptic future. The guys who created the show are from a crew called Million Dollar Extreme and we were just sort of mutual fans of each others work. They had asked us to be a part of the show so we flew out to Atlanta and shot some stuff.
What pisses you off?
Entitled people with terrible work ethic who take things for granted.
What are your present and future plans?
Right now we’re on tour, and going to finish out the year with putting out another single off our new album that will come out in Feb 2017.
October 24 – Salt Lake City, UT @Maverick Center (with Tool)
October 28 – Little Rock, AR @Verizon Arena (with Tool)
October 29 – Detroit, MI @Small’s
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
When we must deal with problems, we instinctively resist trying the way that leads through obscurity and darkness. We wish to hear only of unequivocal results, and completely forget that these results can only be brought about when we have ventured into and emerged again from the darkness. To penetrate the darkness we must summon all the powers of enlightenment that consciousness can offer. To me this is Dark Beauty…